Tourist attractiveness and sustainable development: the place of cultural heritage in the rise of territories

Theoretical approaches

  • Zineb Raif Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences Souissi, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco
  • Mounir Zouiten Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences Souissi, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco
Keywords: Territory, Cultural Heritage, Territorial Attractiveness, Tourism, Sustainable Development

Abstract

Cultural heritage is a major showcase for the attractiveness of the territories. As such, the tourist vector plays an important role. Cultural heritage is a resource that has an unmissable tourist potential and plays a major role in the socio-economic and sustainable development of the territories. Culture and tourism are two closely related sectors that contribute significantly to the economic development of countries. Culture and cultural heritage are key elements of a tourist destination’s image, as cultural and heritage assets exert an influence on the tourist frequentation of the territories. Tourists are often motivated and attracted to cultural heritage during their visits abroad. The valorization of heritage strengthens in many countries their tourism sector. The daily dynamics of the economic activities of tourists are associated, directly or indirectly, with other major economic activities, such as transport, hotels, foreign exchange receipts, etc.

Moreover, tourism attractiveness requires, as a priority, the implementation of a set of appropriate strategies and measures within the perspective of managerial innovation by urban actors. Good territorial governance in terms of conservation, rehabilitation, valorization and promotion of heritage makes it possible to develop the cultural tourism sector in particular while ensuring territorial sustainable development.

This article, which is part of our doctoral research, aims to present a review of conceptual and theoretical approaches to the problematic of cultural heritage and its impacts on tourism attractiveness and socioeconomic development of the territories. This overview is necessary, not for itself, but to frame our research work and equip us with operational concepts for its implementation.

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Published
2021-07-06
How to Cite
Raif, Z., & Zouiten, M. (2021). Tourist attractiveness and sustainable development: the place of cultural heritage in the rise of territories: Theoretical approaches. International Journal of Accounting, Finance, Auditing, Management and Economics, 2(4), 75-90. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5069943
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